Category Archives: Landmarks

A Palace of the Arts

Villa Montezuma (1887) 1925 K St. Corner of 20th and K Architect: Comstock & Trotsche Architectural Style: Victorian Queen Anne Builders: Cheney and Leonard When most people envision a Victorian mansion, they inevitably think of a Queen Anne edifice. It seems to typify the golden age between 1880 and 1910, which stressed opulence, imagination, gaudiness, […]

A Mere Whisper…..

Tuftco Building (1923) 744 Sixth Street Architect: Unknown Architectural Style: Turn-of-the-Century Commercial Some historic landmarks are recognized because of their architectural style or uniqueness, others for events that occurred there, and yet others for famous personages attached to the site. The Tuftco building, also known as the Haines and Brandis building, was one of the […]

Successful and Stable

Scott – Ingersoll Building 1905-1907 827-835 Fourth Avenue Architect: Quayle Brothers Architectural Style: Commercial Like all properties in downtown San Diego, Lot D, Block 62 of Alonzo Horton’s original map of the area, started its commercial history with the sale of the property by Horton. In September of 1868, Capt. Samuel Dunnells purchased the entire […]

Small but Enduring!

Yamada Building 1869 and 1913 516 Fifth Avenue Architect: Unknown Architectural Style: Victorian Commercial Like many of the very early buildings in the Gaslamp, the Yamada building lists no architect. Our early citizens and merchants were not interested in creating an architectural icon to advertise their self-importance; they just needed a serviceable venue to promote […]